Thursday, April 29, 2010

Welcome To Belleville

The Cherry Blossom Village

Updated April 25, 2014-

Scroll down to see current condition notes and photos.

Belleville, NJ is a premier location for viewing Cherry Blossoms. There are now over 4,000 Cherry Blossom trees of many different varieties which bloom over an extended period in the park. There are an additional thousand beautiful blossoming trees growing along the streets of town. Visitors each year number in the tens of thousands. We hope you will enjoy this site intended to be a resource center for those who wish to experience the magic of that exquisite Rite of Spring, the annual blooming of the Cherry Blossoms in our village.

As you scroll down this page you will find -
1. Sample photos of this year’s display.
2. A Cherry Blossom viewing guide.
3. Caroline Bamberger Fuld, photo and brief biography.
4. Historic photos of the park under construction in 1937.
5. Exotic Cherry Blossom Ties
6. Caught in the Snow.
7. Summer time.
8. Autumn leaves and Cherry Blossoms.
9. Where we are.
10. Cherry Blossoms around the world.


06 April 2014

Still another long, hard Winter that doesn't want to go away, for the third year in a row, has delayed the opening of the blossoms. Nothing is happening yet.  If the current weather pattern holds, it will be another two weeks before we see anything.

16 April 2014

Daytime temperatures have soared into the upper 70's for the last few days encouraging the younger trees to begin their blossom cycle.  Less than 20% currently in bloom.  For Tuesday evening, there is heavy rain, temperatures will drop to the 30's.  These near-freezing nighttime temperatures, over the next three days, may stall the blooming cycle, but warmer weather is due to return for the weekend which could possibly give us a nice display for Easter.

25 April 2014

Warm weather did return for just a few days, enough to trigger a decent display for Easter Sunday.  The early bloomers are spent now. The mid-season varieties are at peak today.  Those spectacular double-blossom late bloomers are budding now; they will probably display after the weekend.  The season is running so late this year, we may still have some trees in bloom during the first few days of May.  

April 15, 2014
April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014


Photos from 2013

15 April 2013

It started!  After a slow start caused by cold nighttime temperatures, conditions have improved enough to encourage the trees to open their blossoms.  Warm temperatures predicted for the days ahead suggest that the blooming season will be explosive during the next few days. The next ten days will likely be peak viewing time.  
17 April 2013
The late start to the season coupled with suddenly rising temperatures has caused the early bloomers and the mid-season bloomers to blossom together creating a spectacular display.  Peak viewing time is NOW.
15 April 2013
April 16, 2013
April 16, 2013

 April 16,2013

                                                          Photos from 2012







Autumn 2011

Brilliant Fall Colors
Many, many branches down.
One of the elder Cherry Blossom trees felled by the storm.
A forest of colors.

The Battle of Second River monument in Autumn

An excellent display in spite of the storm.

Cherry Blossom Types

All Cherry Blossoms are not created equal. In Spring, the Goddess pretties herself with a heart-gladdening array of types, sizes, shapes and colors from the simple but elegent 5-petal design, through the many multi-petal beauties, to the carnation-like spectacular, double blossoms. Here are some examples of the types to be found in the Cherry Blossom Village -

Village Streets
Click below for a slide show featuring the streets of our village in full Bloom in 2010.
The Village Park
2010 was a very good year in the village park. Click below for a slide show.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cherry Blossom Viewing Guide

Japanese horticulturists tell us that there are more than 300 varieties of Sakura - Cherry Blossoms. A small number of those have made their way, in significant quantities, into North America. The viewing guide above is intended to familiarize the reader with the names of a few, just enough to get you started, of the more popular varieties that you may find in North American collections.

Major collections in the mid-Atlantic region worth visiting :

Belleville, NJ - Cherry Blossom Capital of America
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Fairmont Park, Philadelphia
Washington D.C., tidal basin

Caroline Bamberger Fuld

Caroline Bamberger was born in Baltimore during the thunder and smoke of the Civil War in the age of gas lights and horse-drawn carriages. "Carrie", as she was called, moved to Newark in 1895 to join her brother, Louis Bamberger, in the department store bearing the family name. In 1928, at the time of the passing of her second husband, Felix Fuld, Caroline Bamberger Fuld donated a large collection of Japanese flowering cherry trees, intending that they would be planted along the banks of the Second River. They seemed an appropriate memorial, symbolizing as they do both the beauty and brevity of life. It is for this donation that she is most remembered in our village.

A Mill Stream Transformed

By the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the picturesque Second River was wearing several layers of grime and showed all the signs of abuse that heavy industry can bestow on a natural resource. Time and the Great Depression had closed the plants along the old mill stream. It seemed like a really good idea to return it to nature. It became a WPA project in the 1930s to convert the Second River into a grand park and Cherry Blossom wonderland. Watch as the work progresses -

Exotic Cherry Blossom Ties

A portion of our collection of exotic Cherry Blossom theme ties.

Cherry Blossom Cluster Custom Ties

Cherry Blossoms Close Up Neck Wear by CherryBlossomVillage

See the entire collection.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Caught in the Snow !

It was a beautiful early spring day in April of 2000. The blossoms were at a fine peak of perfection. But, then a somber darkness moved in. The sky turned a sullen lead-gray. A Winter chill filled the air. It began to snow. Suddenly one was surrounded by swirling snow flakes and pink petals, a Cherry Blossom blizzard. Winter and Spring were at war with each other.